Writing the conclusion

A good conclusion will:

  • Remind the reader of the central idea of the essay, thus linking the conclusion to the introduction
  • Restate the author’s position (where appropriate)
  • Summarise the main points in the essay
  • If appropriate, make suggestions or recommendations for further work

A common mistake in conclusions is to repeat material from the main body in detail. Remember that what you need to do in the conclusion is to summarise and synthesise, to bring key points together.

Another common mistake is to introduce new arguments or evidence. Remember that the right place for this is the main body of the essay.